1907 Chronology of Aviation History
Major Aviation Events
1907 Aviation Records
Speed: 37.85-mph, Wilbur Wright, Wright Flyer III, 5 October 1905, United States
Distance: 24.2-miles, Wilbur Wright, Wright Flyer III, 5 October 1905, United States
Altitude: 82-feet, Louis Blériot, Blériot VI, 17 September 1907, France
Weight: 1,151-lbs, Voisin Brothers, Voisin-Farman N°1, France
Engine Power: 54-hp, Renault, VB Renault, France
April 6 (Great Britain) — Horatio Phillips achieves the first, limited, flight in Great Britain.
April 19 (Paris, France) — Louis Blériot flies and crashes his powered monoplane N° V at Bagatelle.
July 11 (France) — First flight of the Blériot Type VI Libellule.
July 25 (Paris, France) — At Issy-les-Moulineaux, Louis Blériot flies 492 feet in his powered monoplane at N° VI the Libellule. The craft was built by Louis Peyret, the foreman at Blériot's works. The craft has two sets of wings in tandem.
August 1 (Washington, DC) — An Aeronautical Division is formed in the U.S. Army Signal Corps to oversee “all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines, and all kindred subjects”.
September 10 (Great Britain) — First flight of the Nulli Secundus, the British Army's first airship.
September 19 (Douai, France) — The brothers Louis and Jacques Breguet demonstrated their strange Gyroplane N° I by lifting itself about two feet off the ground. This was the first piloted helicopter flight.
September 29 (France) — Louis Breguet and Charles Richet demonstrate their Gyroplane N° I, the first rotary-wing aircraft to lift a person off the ground. The craft is still controlled by handlers standing around it on the ground.
September 30, 1907 (Paris, France) — After 225 attempts, Henry Farman takes off in his Voisin-Farman I biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux. This initial flight was approximately 262 feet in length.
October 5, 1907 (Paris, France) — At Issy-les-Moulineaux, Louis Blériot begins tests of his N° VII monoplane. The aircraft is fitted with a 50-hp Antoinette engine.
October 12 (England/Sweden) — Augustus Gaudron crosses the North Sea in a hot air balloon named Mammouth. He flies 1,160 km (721 miles) from The Crystal Palace, London to Lake Vänern, Sweden.
October 19 (Buc, France) — Robert Esnault-Pelterie becomes first pilot to fly using a control stick at Buc, France.
November 5 (Paris, France) — At Issy-les-Moulineaux, Léon Delagrange flies 984 feet in a semicircle before crash-landing in his Voisin-Delagrange I biplane.
November 10 (France) — First flight of the Blériot Type VII, first aircraft of conventional modern configuration.
November 10 (Paris, France) — Henry Farman makes a flight of 3,379 feet in one minute 14 seconds in his Voisin-Farman I biplane. This was the first flight in Europe of over one minute.
November 13 (Lisieux, Calvados, France) — First piloted free flight in a rotary-wing aircraft by Paul Cornu at Lisieux. This first flight lifted Cornu about 30 cm (1 ft) and lasted 20 seconds. Sometimes recognized as first impractical helicopter flight.
November 30 (has, New York) — Glenn Curtiss founds the Curtiss Aeroplane Company. This is the first United States airplane manufacturing company.
December 6 (Nova Scotia, Canada) — First flight of the AEA Cygnet, first manned flight of this tethered glider (also referred to as a kite) designed by Alexander Graham Bell. Flight was also first flight for Thomas Selfridge, who would die a year later as the first person killed in the crash of a powered aircraft.
- Gunston, Bill, et al. Chronicle of Aviation. Liberty, Missouri: JL Publishing Inc., 1992. 14-17
- Parrish, Wayne W. (Publisher). "United States Chronology". 1962 Aerospace Yearbook, Forty-Third Annual Edition. Washington, DC: American Aviation Publications, Inc., 1962, 446-469.
- Wikipedia, 1907 in aviation
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